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Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics

3rd Olympic Basketball Tournament
Helsinki 1952
Tournament details
Olympics 1952 Summer Olympics
Host nation Finland
City Helsinki
Duration July 13 – August 2
Men's tournament
Teams 23
Medals
2 Silver medalists
3 Bronze medalists
Tournaments
← London 1948  Melbourne 1956 →

Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics was the third appearance of the sport. 23 nations entered the competition.

The top six teams at the 1948 Summer Olympics qualified automatically, as did the 1950 World Champion (Argentina), the top two at the 1951 European championships (USSR and Czechoslovakia), and the host country (Finland). Thirteen other nations competed in a preliminary round to determine the last six places in the sixteen-team Olympic tournament.

Basketball

Contents

  • Medalists 1
  • Results 2
    • Preliminary round 2.1
      • Group A 2.1.1
      • Group B 2.1.2
      • Group C 2.1.3
    • Main tournament 2.2
      • Group 1 2.2.1
      • Group 2 2.2.2
      • Group 3 2.2.3
      • Group 4 2.2.4
    • Quarterfinals 2.3
      • Quarterfinals group A 2.3.1
      • Quarterfinals group B 2.3.2
    • Classification 5–8 2.4
      • Classification 7/8 2.4.1
      • Classification 5/6 2.4.2
    • Semifinals 2.5
  • Participating nations 3
  • Summary 4
  • References 5

Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Ron Bontemps
Marc Freiberger
Wayne Glasgow
Charlie Hoag
Bill Hougland
John Keller
Dean Kelley
Bob Kenney
Bob Kurland
Bill Lienhard
Clyde Lovellette
Frank McCabe
Dan Pippin
Howie Williams
 Soviet Union (URS)
Stepas Butautas
Nodar Dzhordzhikiya
Anatoly Konev
Otar Korkiya
Heino Kruus
Ilmar Kullam
Justinas Lagunavičius
Joann Lõssov
Aleksandr Moiseyev
Yuri Ozerov
Kazys Petkevičius
Stasys Stonkus
Maigonis Valdmanis
Viktor Vlasov
 Uruguay (URU)
Martín Acosta y Lara
Enrique Baliño
Victorio Cieslinskas
Héctor Costa
Nelson Demarco
Héctor García Otero
Tabaré Larre Borges
Adesio Lombardo
Roberto Lovera
Sergio Matto
Wilfredo Peláez
Carlos Roselló

Results

Preliminary round

Nations that lost two games in the preliminary tournaments were eliminated. When there were only two teams left in each group, those teams advanced to the main tournament.

Group A

In the first round, Cuba and Bulgaria won.

  • Cuba def. Belgium, 59–51
  • Bulgaria def. Switzerland, 69–58

Cuba and Bulgaria played each other, with Bulgaria's victory winning it a berth in the main tournament. The losers played each other, with Switzerland's second loss ejecting the nation from the tournament.

  • Bulgaria def. Cuba, 62–56
  • Belgium def. Switzerland, 59–49

The two teams that were 1–1 played each, with the winner receiving a tournament berth and the loser being eliminated.

  • Cuba def. Belgium, 71–63

Group B

In the first round, Hungary and the Philippines won.

  • Hungary def. Greece, 75–38
  • Philippines def. Israel, 57–47

Hungary and the Philippines played each other, with the Philippines's victory winning it a berth in the main tournament. The losers played each other, with Israel's second loss ejecting the nation from the tournament.

  • Philippines def. Hungary, 48–35
  • Greece def. Israel, 54–52

The two teams that were 1–1 played each, with the winner receiving a tournament berth and the loser being eliminated.

  • Hungary def. Greece, 47–44

Group C

In the first round, Italy and Turkey were served their first losses.

  • Canada def. Italy, 68–57
  • Egypt def. Turkey, 64–45

Romania's first game was a loss to Canada. Italy and Turkey played each other, with Turkey's second loss eliminating it.

  • Canada def. Romania, 72–51
  • Italy def. Turkey, 49–37

Italy and Romania, who had both lost once, played each other. Romania's second loss eliminated the nation from the tournament. Undefeated nations Canada and Egypt played each other, with Egypt being served its first loss.

  • Italy def. Romania, 53–39
  • Canada def. Egypt, 63–57

Italy played its fourth game of the tournament against Egypt. The decisive game ended with Egypt winning a berth to the main competition and Italy being eliminated.

  • Egypt def. Italy, 66–62

Main tournament

The top two teams in each group advanced to the semifinal round.

Group 1

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  • United States def. Hungary, 66–48
  • Uruguay def. Czechoslovakia, 53–51
  • Uruguay def. Hungary, 70–56
  • United States def. Czechoslovakia, 72–47
  • Czechoslovakia def. Hungary, 63–39
  • United States def. Uruguay, 57–44

Group 2

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| style="text-align: left" | Finland |3 |0 |3 |147 |178||−31

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  • USSR def. Bulgaria, 74–46
  • Mexico def. Finland, 66–48
  • Bulgaria def. Mexico, 52–44
  • USSR def. Finland, 47–35
  • Bulgaria def. Finland, 65–64
  • USSR def. Mexico, 71–62

Group 3

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 239 196 +43 6
Brazil 3 2 1 184 179 +5 5
Philippines 3 1 2 192 221 −29 4
At the 1952 Summer Olympics 3 0 3 201 220 −19 3
  • Argentina def. Philippines, 85–59
  • Brazil def. Canada, 57–55
  • Brazil def. Philippines, 71–52
  • Argentina def. Canada, 82–81
  • Philippines def. Canada, 81–65
  • Argentina def. Brazil, 72–56

Group 4

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
France 3 3 0 202 149 +53 6
Chile 3 2 1 170 150 +20 5
Egypt 3 1 2 176 221 −45 4
Cuba 3 0 3 149 177 −28 3
  • France def. Egypt, 92–64
  • Chile def. Cuba, 53–52
  • Chile def. Egypt, 74–46
  • France def. Cuba, 58–42
  • France def. Chile, 52–43
  • Egypt def. Cuba, 66–55

Quarterfinals

The top two teams in each quarterfinals advanced to the semifinals. The other two teams in each quarterfinals played in the fifth through eighth place classification.

Quarterfinals group A

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Uruguay 3 2 1 194 187 +7 5
Argentina 3 2 1 226 174 +52 5

3 1 2 177 220 −43 4
France 3 1 2 178 194 −16 4
  • Argentina def. Bulgaria, 100–56
  • France def. Uruguay, 68–66
  • Uruguay def. Bulgaria, 62–54
  • Argentina def. France, 61–52
  • Bulgaria def. France, 67–58
  • Uruguay def. Argentina, 66–65

Quarterfinals group B

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
United States 3 3 0 246 166 +80 6
Soviet Union 3 2 1 190 195 −5 5
Brazil 3 1 2 177 155 +22 4
Chile 3 0 3 159 256 −97 3
  • United States def. USSR, 86–58
  • Brazil def. Chile, 75–44
  • United States def. Chile, 103–55
  • USSR def. Brazil, 54–49
  • United States def. Brazil, 57–53
  • USSR def. Chile, 78–60

Classification 5–8

  • Chile def. Bulgaria, 60–53
  • Brazil def. France, 59–44

Classification 7/8

  • Bulgaria def. France, 58–44

Classification 5/6

  • Chile def. Brazil, 58–49

Semifinals

Semi-finals Final
July 31
  Soviet Union  61  
  Uruguay  57  
 
August 2
      United States  36
    Soviet Union  25
Third place
August 1 August 2
  United States  85   Uruguay  68
  Argentina  76     Argentina  59

Participating nations

Each country was allowed to enter one team of 14 players and they all were eligible for participation. A total number of 317 players were entered.

A total of 301(*) basketball players from 23 nations competed at the Helsinki Games:

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